Environment and Security Initiative - Transforming risks into cooperation
The overall goal of this proposal is to contribute to the reduction of environment and security risks, and to the increased cooperation around environment and security issues in the region of South Eastern Europe (SEE). A transfer of lessons learned to the other ENVSEC regions Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southern Caucasus forms an important part of the proposal.
The ENVSEC Initiative is a partnership between the United Nations Environment and Development Programmes (UNEP and UNDP), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has joined the Initiative as an associated partner. Activities to achieve the ENVSEC objectives include policy integration, vulnerability and risk assessments, capacity-building of government institutions, environmental hotspot risk mitigation measures and civil society strengthening. The project contributes to improved knowledge, understanding and management of environmental and security risks in the SEE region as well as to achievement of region-specific objectives and priorities that have been set.
The current phase 2009-2012 will support activities in the following priority areas wihch have been identified jointy with the partners in a series of national consultations:
Priority 1: Management and reduction of trans-boundary risks from hazardous activities
Priority 2: Management of shared natural ressources
Priority 3: Strengthening regional cooperation on environmental governance through participatory and informed decision-making and implementation processes
Priority 4: Adaptation to the impacts of climate change for reducing security risks in SEE